The degree has no breadth requirement, giving students every opportunity to explore the discipline extensively. Requirements are minimal.
Students are otherwise free to choose whatever courses most intrigue them. For more information, please see the document, Planning for and Completing the Master's Program in History at Illinois State University.
Having such wide flexibility in selecting courses gives our students an opportunity to explore fields of history that they might otherwise remain unaware, but this approach does run the risk that a student's course of study will lack direction. Our program's capstone requirement, however, offers students the opportunity to bring their studies into greater focus. There are two options that a student can undertake to meet this requirement: the Thesis option or the Field of Study option.
Once the required course work are taken and the capstone requirement is completed, the student is eligible for either the Master of Arts or the Master of Science degree, the sole difference being whether the student meets the university’s language requirement. That requirement can be met by either completing two years of language study at the university level or achieving a satisfactory score on a foreign language assessment test.